Keano circling Gunners youngster Stokes

December 9, 2006

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has stated his interest in Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes following his goalscoring achievements in a loan spell with Falkirk.

Stokes, 18, is the leading scorer in the Bank of Scotland Premier League with 11 goals and has netted two hat-tricks since making the temporary move.

The teenager insists he is prepared to extend his stay until the end of the season, however Keane could move in January to bring Stokes to the Stadium of Light.

'We're interested in any quality player and I think the lad's done very well,' said Keane.

'I have seen him twice in the last month, against Celtic and Hearts, two of the better teams in Scotland, and he was a threat, making good runs.

'He's direct, a real good talent and a very good, young, hungry player and he's one we're looking at. I might well step up my interest.'

Celtic have also been linked with a move for the Republic of Ireland youngster who returns from suspension for Falkirk's trip to Aberdeen today.